Know When to Self-isolate/Quarantine

As a reminder, symptoms of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. COVID-19 is spread mainly person-to-person through respiratory droplets, or by touching an object with the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. COVID-19 is treated through rest, fluids and nutrition, and medicine to reduce fever and discomfort. We encourage the Colgate community to stay up to date with the latest information from the CDC online

Individuals who think they have been exposed to COVID-19 should not walk into a healthcare facility; it is important to call first so the staff can prepare.

  • Students who are living on campus should call the Student Health Center at 315-228-7750 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to set up an appointment. Outside of these hours they should call Campus Safety at (315) 228-7333.
  • Students living off campus or at their primary residence, who have concerns that they have been exposed to COVID-19 while in Hamilton, should contact their healthcare provider and then inform the University by emailing
  • If you are in Hamilton and have an urgent medical concern that is COVID related please contact the New York State Department of Health at 888-364-3065.

The National Institutes of Health makes clear that, while little is known about the long-term effects of COVID-19, symptoms currently range from very mild to severe, and the most vulnerable populations are those who are older, and individuals with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. We encourage everyone in our community to continue good hygiene practices and to stay home if you do not feel well. This public health emergency requires everyone to consider themselves and others in order to keep the community safe. Visit the CDC online for the most up-to-date guidance for ways you can help prevent the spread of this illness. 

Updates for Off-Campus Study Programs

The University is closely monitoring, planning for, and responding to developments related to COVID-19 and its impact on Colgate students and programs around the world.

Off-campus study updates

Avoiding COVID-19 Stigma

Viruses are not bound by race or nationality. Avoid inappropriate blame or hostility toward any specific nation or its people. Read the CDC anti-stigma guidelines for facts about this illness.